In short: The Apple Watch Series 7 will be unveiled later this month, but early manufacturing issues call into question a shipping date until today. Apple seems to have decided on them just in time to start mass production next week, but some models may still arrive with some delay or in limited quantities at first.
Last month, Apple faced production challenges for its upcoming Apple Watch Series 7. According to Bloomberg and Nikkei Asia, the Cupertino-based company has decided to suspend production until it finds solutions to the low-income and reliability issues associated with its redesigned wearable devices. …
This initially led many to speculate that Apple would only leave the announcement date in place, pushing the shipping date to the next month. This will give the company enough time to fix the problems encountered during the first trial runs.
However, it seems that overcoming these problems was easier than expected. According to a well-known analyst Min-Chi KuoApple has addressed display issues that prevented assembly of the Apple Watch Series 7 and will begin mass production next week.
We now also know more about the specifics of the problem the company was facing. Kuo says this new display panel replaces the old cable design with a contact design that is achieved through a low pressure injection molding (LIPO) process. This required coordination with vendors such as LG Display, Jabil, and Young Poong, who are themselves responsible for the delays.
The Apple Series 7 is expected to be announced later this month and features a flat-edged design that brings it closer to the current iPhone and iPad aesthetic.
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